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* Great Vic Bike Ride 2019 *
The Greatest Great Vic Bike Ride Ever Ride along the Limestone Coast and the Great Ocean Road Bicycle Network has put together a world class route along South Australia's Limestone Coast and the Great Ocean Road for the 2019 Great Victorian Bike Ride. The 650 kilometre iconic bike riding holiday includes some of Australia's most iconic scenery, including South Australia's Limestone Coast, the Great Ocean Road and the Otway Ranges forests. The rolling bike festival pedals to a new town each day, setting up camp where riders can soak up an afternoon and evening of entertainment and activities including local hospitality, live music, comedy, yoga, an outdoor cinema and much more! Rider numbers are capped at 5,000 to give people the best experience along the way. The Great Vic is about having time away in the country where you can ride, relax and do it your way. Highlights include: The Great Ocean Road including the dramatic rock formations of the Twelve Apostles South Australia's Limestone Coast including Robe and Mount Gambier's Blue Lake Picture postcard Otway Ranges rainforest including one of Victoria's best kept secrets, Turtons Track A rest day enjoying the cafes and restaurants at the seaside village and Australian town of the year, Port Fairy The historic Portland cable trams A chance to slow down for a swim at one of the many beaches on the Surf Coast A holiday that will never be forgotten and often relived. Those who can't get away for the entire 10-day holiday can join the first five days from Robe to Port Fairy or the last five days of the ride from Port Fairy to Torquay. All entries include access to campsites and entertainment, all meals, luggage transport and riding route support.
ROUTEFRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER Day 1 | Robe (arrival day) The 2019 Great Vic is hopping across the border and kicking off in Robe, South Australia. This old fishing village has great beaches, amazing architecture and a quaint local pub right on the water. What more could you ask for? Once you've set up camp for night one, be sure to take a leisurely spin up to the Cape Dombey Obelisk to soak up the beautiful coastal views. SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER Day 2 | Robe - Millicent (79 kilometres) We'll ease into the first day on the bike with a relatively flat ride, hugging the coastline on the way to Millicent. Keep an eye out for Lake Saint Clair and be sure to take the time to explore the small coastal town of Beachport on your way. The ride stops at Millicent overnight with plenty to see and do - the Millicent Swimming Lake is sure to be a favourite spot to cool off. SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER Day 3 | Millicent - Mount Gambier (77 kilometres) Day three's riding will take us across undulating hills as we weave through the pastoral lands around Millicent. The day in the saddle finishes in the southeastern corner of South Australia at Mount Gambier, where you'll be greeted by the famous Blue Lake. Once you've taken in the sight of the cobalt blue waters, there's plenty to do around town, from walking up Centenary Tower to sampling local food, or even exploring the towns Great Rail Trail and bike riding network. MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER Day 4 | Mount Gambier - Portland (107 kilometres) Today's ride will meander up and down hills and spin alongside the Glenelg River before passing through the charming towns of Donovans and Nelson. You will have clocked 107km by the end of the day's riding, but can enjoy a cruisy tail end to the ride with a fairly flat finish. Once we're set up in Portland, there's plenty to tick off the to-do list, including a wander down to the foreshore, a ride on the cable car and a visit to the Portland Lighthouse. TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER Day 5 | Portland - Port Fairy (85 kilometres) A cruisy day of riding of 85 kilometres and just 200 metres of climbing. Hit the road early for spectacular morning views over the ocean as we pedal out of Portland. Keep an eye out for the many historic buildings as you roll into Port Fairy before we set up camp for a well earned day off the bike. WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER Day 6 | Port Fairy (Rest day) There's so much to uncover in every corner of the charming village of Port Fairy that was recently voted the world's most liveable town. Whether you're one to browse the boutique shops and antique stores scattered throughout the town, soak up the beach vibes or taste your way through the many great local pubs, cafes and restaurants - there's something to keep everyone busy on rest day. Our top picks for the day include swimming at Pea Soup Beach, taking a walk along the riverfront or tucking into pizza at Coffin Sally. Top it off with a visit to the local ice cream shop and you'll be ready to hop back on the bike for the next day's riding. THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER Day 7 | Port Fairy - Peterborough (95 kilometres) This will be a good day to hit the road early to really soak up the morning coastal views on the way out of Port Fairy. Prepare the legs for a pinch climb up to Tower Hill, but don't worry, the 10/10 views make it worth the effort. Be sure to take a break for a few postcard worthy snaps at Hopkins Falls before reaching the Great Ocean Road and taking in all the sites on the way to Peterborough including Bay of Islands, Worm Bay and Bay of Martyrs. Once in Peterborough, you'll find yourself in the heart of the Great Ocean Road's most iconic and famous attractions, with beautiful coastal views and a must do coastal walk that takes you all the way back to Bay of Martyrs. FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER Day 8 | Peterborough - Beech Forest (81 kilometres) Keep the camera handy, as today we'll pedal past the famous London Bridge, the blowhole, 12 Apostles and Gibsons Steps. Remember to pace yourself throughout the day and get ready to tackle the formidable Lavers Hill. Once you've conquered the climb, recharge and reward yourself with a custard tart from the general store. From there you'll have one last little climb to reach Beech Forrest through the beautiful Otways. If your legs are itching for more once you've arrived in Beech Forest, you can have a crack at the Old Beechy Rail Trail by bike, explore the Otways by foot or alternatively just kick back for the afternoon at Beech Forest Pub. SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER Day 9 | Beech Forest - Deans Marsh (62 kilometres) Today, you're in for a treat. Turton's Track is a beautiful little stretch of road that winds its way through the Otways with some of the region's best scenery on show. There's some climbing involved but the toughest part is already behind you. Deans Marsh is a small town with a lot of heart - surrounded by beautiful green countryside, rolling hills and some wineries that are well worth a visit. Be sure to pop by the local corner store for a quality snack or meal. SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER Day 10 | Deans Marsh - Torquay (66 kilometres) On the final day of the ride we will whizz down the hill towards Lorne through the Otways. Stop by Lorne and enjoy one of Victoria's favourite coastal towns with plenty of great spots for a coffee and a feed. The ride hops back on to the Great Ocean Road and travels towards Aireys Inlet and Anglesea, hugging the coast right through to our final destination and the finish line at Torquay. 2019 entry prices Entries are capped at 5,000 riders - secure your entry early to avoid disappointment! Until Friday 22nd November, 5pm Adult $1249 Concession $1199 Youth (13-17yrs) $959 Child (6-12yrs) $549 Infant (5 and under) Free
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